The Sun Has Set on Barrow, Alaska for the Final Time . . . Ever
In Barrow, Alaska, the northernmost city in America, the sun has set for the final time. On Friday, November 18th at 1:31PM the sun descended past the horizon and it won’t rise above the horizon until 1:17PM on January 22nd, 2017. A two month long polar night.
— Alaska Dispatch News (@adndotcom) November 19, 2016
When the sun finally does rise, Barrow, AK will be no more. In October of 2016 residents voted to change the name of their town to the traditional Inupiat Eskimo name, Utqiaġvik. The name will take effect on December 1, 2016.
— Brian Brettschneider (@Climatologist49) November 18, 2016
Due to the Earth’s tilt and it being wintertime, the northern hemisphere is tilted away from the sun and since Barrow, orUtqiaġvik, sits so far north, the sun will only spawn off a measly few hours of dusk light onto the city until January.
How do you pronounce Utqiaġvik, the new name for Barrow? Check it Out:
How do you pronounce Utqiaġvik, the new name for Barrow? We got a lesson from Jana and Qaiyaan Haracharek (Mother and Son). Both are with the North Slope Borough School District and attended the Inuit Education Conference in Anchorage this week.Their lesson Sunday, November 13 at 4:30 and 10:30 p.m.
Posted by Frontiers w/ Rhonda McBride on Friday, 11 November 2016
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Andy Stein